7/7 film ‘Shoot on Sight’ gets UK release date

A new film loosely based around the terrorist bombings in London on July 7th will be released in the cinemas on 22nd August. Directed by American-Indian filmmaker Jagmohan Mundhra, Shoot on Sight stars Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Greta Scacchi, Ralph Ineson and Laila Rouass. When an innocent Muslim is killed by the London Police force in the wake of 7/7, Tariq Ali (Shah), a successful Muslim police officer, is asked to head up the internal investigation to hunt-down suspected suicide-bombers. The investigation is clouded by allegations of racism and religious profiling in the Police force, as well as the ongoing threat of terrorism in the capital. At the same time, Lahore-born Tariq – a British citizen married to an English woman with two children – has his loyalties questioned by colleagues in the force, despite his long service to Scotland Yard, as well as fellow Muslims, finding his inquiry hampered from all sides. Producer Aron Govil said: “This film raises important questions about the climate of fear post 7/7 and the direct impact of that terrible day. While we are mindful that the families are still grieving, it is important to look at the climate within which Londoners now live and work and have been forced to deal with on an ongoing basis.”http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=3C276B981D87BEA7DDB64FC4&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

Italy’s Northern League resurgent; Berlusconi returns to power

Italy’s center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi won a return to power this week, and concerns over immigration resulted in gains by the anti-immigrant Northern League. While the two maintain some differences, both have concerns about Italy’s increasing foreign-born population. “One of the first things to do is to close the frontiers and set up more camps to identify foreign citizens who don’t have jobs and are forced into a life of crime,” Berlusconi said. In its campaigns, the Northern League’s campaign posters have been subject to criticism. One of this year’s posters displayed a drawing of an American Indian in a feathered headdress, with a caption saying: they suffered immigration: Now they live in reserves.

California county government reaches out to Muslim residents: Mental health office seeking to build trust

By Jennifer Torres San Joaquin County’s mental health office is seeking help from a community organization to build trust among Muslim and Middle Eastern residents, who traditionally have been underserved in mental health programs. The effort is part of a wider county plan to improve mental health among Middle Eastern and Muslim, Laotian, Hmong, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Latino, American Indian and black communities and also people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The county will work with community agencies representing each of those groups to provide education, strengthen relationships and ultimately improve access to mental health care, Deputy Director Becky Gould said.